Whew, what a Book Blogger Appreciation Week that was! I learned a ton, met some great new bloggers, and stuffed my Google Reader to the gills. Now I’m going to do my best to keep that feeling of enthusiasm going.
Since (I’m hoping) there may be some new people stopping by after the fun of BBAW, I thought I’d make today something of a “getting to know you” day. I’ll introduce myself, and anyone willing is invited to do the same, whether you’re a new follower or you’ve been reading Erin Reads for a while. (Amanda did this last year on her old blog after BBAW, and I loved the idea. Thanks for the inspiration, Amanda!)
A Bit About Me
As my blog name may have already hinted, I’m Erin. I’m a 20-something (soon to be 30-something) living in western Pennsylvania with my husband. I’ve been blogging seriously since last year’s BBAW first exposed me to the vast and wonderful book blogging community. I stumbled upon the event at the perfect time, having just left my indie bookseller job to move to a new city and needing a new bookish outlet.
Obviously, I like to read. I tend toward fiction of all stripes: literary, contemporary, historical, young adult, and — more and more — the so-called classics. I’ll pick up a memoir or some nonfiction here and there. I also LOVE audiobooks, which have nearly doubled the number of books I can read and made tasks like cleaning and doing laundry into activities I don’t mind doing. Some of my favorite books of the past year have included The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (audiobook), Something Missing by Matthew Dicks, Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (audiobook), The Bee Loud Glade by Steve Himmer, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (audiobook), When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, and His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (audiobook).
I also knit, weather permitting (i.e. when it’s not too hot), and can be found on Ravelry. If you’re there too, come say hi! I love to cook and bake, though some odd food sensitivities have forced me to get creative in the past couple of years. I’ve been in IRL book group for the past year, which is the first time I’ve done anything of the sort, and I love it!
A Bit about Erin Reads
Most of what I post here is book-related. I’m not good at being too personal in my posts, though as you can see from today, sometimes I make an exception. I’m not big on memes, either, though I do enjoy participating in the Sunday Salon (again…as evidenced by this post). I try to post 2-4 times per week. I really don’t like to double post and will usually tweak my schedule to avoid it. I’m very sensitive to spoilers and sometimes don’t even read book jackets for fear they’ll ruin a book for me!
I have a few projects going on Erin Reads. First is Reading Buddies, which is a very informal set of readalongs. There’s a poll in my sidebar offering three choices from my TBR list that I’d like to read with other people. Throughout the month, readers can vote for their preference, which we’ll then read together in a very informal way. No required posts, no preset schedule, no commitments for participants. I post twice a month for discussion, and we go from there. Anyone is welcome to join at any time; check out the project page for details!
I’m also working on a personal classics project, which I’ve called the Classics Reclamation Project. After years of avoiding classic literature, which I assumed was hard, boring, scary, etc. (thank you, high school), I was inspired — largely by other bloggers’ positive experiences with such books — to try again. I’ve been consciously incorporating classics into my reading now for almost a year and have enjoyed the majority of them, which is exciting to me!
I know many bloggers adore challenges. Well…not me. I signed up for one challenge last year, and it stressed me out so much that I finally quit midway through! Instead, I set up personal reading goals, which I’ve been trying to work toward throughout the year. This approach has worked much better for me, though I still love to see what challenges others join and what books they read for them.
A Bit About…You!
Please introduce yourself! Tell me something I might not already know, or let me know about your current favorite book. Link to your review, if you want! That goes for old followers and new. If you’re lurking and haven’t yet said hi, I urge you to make today the day you speak up so we can properly meet. Let’s get to know one another a little better!